The article, published on Aug. 13, reports the school is working to produce “primary care physicians who are team-oriented problem solvers, taught by medical school faculty hired for their expertise and skill in teaching as opposed to writing grants for research.”
The story highlights what sets Quinnipiac’s medical school apart from others: “Unlike traditional medical school models where grant-writing, research and publishing drive salaries, Quinnipiac hired people specifically to teach. For those who enjoy teaching and wanted off ‘the grant treadmill’ at a time when government research funding is dwindling, the model has proven to be very appealing.”
Stephen Wikel, Ph.D, an internationally recognized expert in diseases transmitted by ticks and other blood-feeding arthropods, gave up tenure and a $7 million lab to become senior associate dean for scholarship, and professor and chairman of the department of medical sciences at the medical school.
Quinnipiac received 967 applications for 22 full-time faculty positions at the medical school. Many of those individuals, hailing from universities including Harvard, Brown, University of Texas and the University of Connecticut, also gave up tenure. More applicants applied from Yale than from any other university.